Former Cardinals pitcher throws near Astros players' heads who cheated

Joe Kelly, who now pitches for the Dodger, nearly hit another Astro player in Tuesday's game.

Sam Masterson
July 29, 2020 - 7:47 am

(KMOX) - It was really just a matter of time before one (and maybe more) Major League Baseball pitchers decided to take matters into their own hands and punish Houston Astros players for stealing signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship. 

Joe Kelly cast the first stone on Tuesday night in the LA Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Astros. The former Cardinals pitcher – who lost to the Astros in the 2017 Postseason with the Red Sox Boston – caused a bench-clearing standoff after throwing a couple of wild pitches in the 6th inning. 

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LA had a 5-2 lead when Kelly first threw behind Alex Bregman on a 3-0 count, then  Bregman grimaced after jumping to avoid being hit, then trotted to first base. Then later that inning, with two on and Carol Correa at the plate, he threw an errant breaking ball over Correa’s head. Correa struck out later that at-bat and Kelly then stuck out his tongue and made a face in his direction.

Correa started walking toward him and the players exchanged words, prompting the benches to clear in the first such incident of this pandemic-delayed season. There was plenty of yelling and crowding — outlawed as MLB tries to play a 60-game season amid the pandemic — but there was no pushing or punches thrown.

Here are the incidents, complied by the Twitter account titled "2020 Astros Shame Tour":